U.S. Hits Russian Firms With Sanctions, Citing Cyberattacks

Evarado Alatorre
Junio 14, 2018

The United States slapped sanctions Monday on at least one Israeli company over links to a Russian firm accused of buttressing the "offensive cyber capabilities" of Russia's intelligence service, the FSB.

"The administration is confronting and countering malign Russian cyberactivity, including their attempted interference in USA elections, destructive cyberattacks, and intrusions targeting critical infrastructure", Mnuchin said.

"The United States is making efforts to counter malicious organizations that work at the direction of the Russian authorities, the Russian military and its intelligence to increase offensive abilities in cybersphere",- said the Minister.

The entities designated today have directly contributed to improving Russia's cyber and underwater capabilities through their work with the FSB and therefore jeopardize the safety and security of the United States and its allies.

Polyakov has confirmed that he worked for Digital Security and that one of the owners of ERPScan is an owner of Digital Security, but continues to stress that the two companies are not affiliated with each other.

This story is breaking and will be updated.

The sanctioned individuals were Vladimir Kagansky, Alexander Tribun and Oleg Chirikov, whom Mnuchin identified as the owner of Divetechnoservices, the company's CEO and a manager at the company, respectively.

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It also called out Russian efforts to track the underwater communication cables that carry most of the world's telecommunications data.

The move is in response to alleged Russian cyber-attacks on the US.

The BBC reports that those sanctioned will be prohibited from "any transactions involving the U.S. financial system", and that "American citizens and companies can not do business with the Russian entities".

Embedi has found a lot of vulnerabilities in products from Microsoft, Intel and Cisco among others - but has disclosed them in the same way any other security research company does. 13694, as amended, for being owned or controlled by Digital Security.

"I woke up and was embraced by such news". The sanctions were imposed under an Obama-era executive order creating a tool to impose sanctions for malicious cyber activity, and under a law Congress passed last August, the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, to levy new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea. Mikhail Baranov, Digital Security's commercial director, refused to comment on the sanctions, telling The Bell: "It's a unusual story".

Their assets were frozen, and USA citizens were banned any cooperation with sanctioned companies and people.

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